Mar
30

Happiness. And why you should stay at the Ace Hotel in Seattle.

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I am in my happy place.

After 16 hours of being in transit, we finally arrived via the light rail into downtown Seattle. The air was biting our skin and it felt glorious.

We slept like royalty in the softest white sheets I’ve ever seen and I woke up this morning feeling suspiciously optimistic about life considering the extreme conditions of sleep deprivation and extensive travel I’d endured. I put my running clothes on as quietly as I could, tied my laces and left a note for sleeping Ivan curled around a sleeping baby saying not to worry and explaining my whereabouts.

I can.not.adequately.describe the joy that took over my body the second I felt the cold air hit my lungs. It was raining. It was grey. It was early. And it was cold. But I was grinning so big and my body felt so light and my heart felt so happy that I felt I could run forever. I found hills! I ran up stairs! I hugged the coastline! I soared for 6 kilometres before returning home to do yoga in the most deliciously large bathroom and then shower, the best hot shower I’ve had in a long time.

I’d never stayed at an Ace Hotel before, but we’ll definitely be back. Here’s why you should stay at one:

  • If you love the vibe of hostels, but you perhaps a) feel too old for them b) have young children or c) want to upgrade slightly, but not to a fancy schmancy hotel.
  • The continental breakfast feels like gourmet breakfast at your local organic cafe.
  • They serve Stumptown coffee for breakfast(!)
  • The rooms are the perfect blend of modern, minimalistic, rustic and cosy. How is that even possible?? Good lighting. And white walls. And beautiful linen.
  • The shower rooms are huge and they come stocked with fancy looking shampoo, conditioner & body soap.
  • The walls are white and then some walls have the most awesome wallpaper. Like ripped out pages from medical journals. Or wild running horses.
  • They sell their own merchandise, like rubber shoes! (Ivan got some)
  • They have free notepads and pencils scattered everywhere. And by scattered I mean placed neatly inside little wooden boxes. And by everywhere I mean in the convenient places where you think ‘oh it would be nice to have a little notepad and pencil right now’ (like everywhere, right?)
  • The music is nice. Like comfortable fancy and elegant nice. Not loud and hip nice.
  • National Geographics. And board games.
  • It’s wonderful value for money, in my opinion.

We spent the day exploring downtown and doing some shopping before catching a cab to Old Ballard. We’re staying in a beautiful big old house with a piano and hardwood floors and a huge kitchen. Ivan has some meetings tomorrow and I am silly excited to explore the area with Mika.

I’m going to save talking about food and gather them into one big post about my Seattle food experiences. But we just finished a dinner of roasted broccolini, carrots and yams with some panfried fresh firm tofu and now I’m sipping a Malbec Syrah from Argentina and I am the happiest I have been in a long time.

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  • http://foxglovephoto.wordpress.com/ Natalia

    This post makes me want to put my running shoes on and run out the door right now! (and I so would, if it wasn’t so dark and cold outside ;) )

    Love the black and white artwork on the walls! And yes to a breakfast buffet!! I’m sold.